Embossing for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Many thanks for the kind thoughts about my post yesterday and the video tutorial.  I think I get a bit nervous thinking I’m going to mess up instructions, but perhaps I’ll get the hang of it! 🙂

Today starts a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week it’s all about “embossing“!  Now there are a few different ways to emboss and I happen to love them all!  So you could do heat embossing, “dry” embossing with an embossing folder or even maybe do some embossing paste!  However you emboss it, we look forward to seeing what you come up with!  Here’s the card I made for the challenge:

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TRICK OR TREATS?!!  Oh my word now how stinkin’ cute are these penguins?!  Don’t they look like they just rang your door bell for Halloween?! LOL!  That penguin image that I’ve used here is from an August Digital Release  (previously released in red rubber) from Whimsy Stamps called Penguin Trick or Treaters and oh were they fun to color!

I was inspired to create with them for this embossing challenge, so I took a piece of Bristol Smooth Watercolor Paper and stamped the stars from the Whimsy Stamps Basic Christmas Backgrounds clear stamp set with a pigment black ink.  I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set them.  Then I went over the stars with some distress inks (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Wilted Violet & Blueprint Sktech)  and ink foam blending tool.  I also spritzed some water over it for the water dropplet look.

All of the panels including the card base were cut from the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set.  So I took the finished colored panel and attached it over a black die cut panel and then I took a piece of orange cardstock that was die cut and ran an embossing folder over it. (We Are Memory Keepers-Next Level Gemstones)  I rubbed a white ink pad over it to pop out the details in the embossing and then I mounted it over the die cut black card base.

After coloring the penguins, they were fussy cut out and popped up with foam tape over the colored panel.  I had an older Halloween set of dies that I couldn’t part with from Whimsy Stamps and I cut out some bats from black cardstock and attached those to the starry background.  I also added some drops with some Tonic Studios Silver Glitter Accents for a bit of sparkle.

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Here’s a closer look at these cute little trick-or-treaters and how I’ve colored them up.  I have used the following Copic markers to color them with.  CLICK HERE to view/purchase Copics from Whimsy Stamps or click numbers below for specific colors:

  • Penguin bodies – C8, C3, C1, 0blender, R00, YR27, YR24, Y35, White gel pen
  • Pumpkin – YR27, YR18, YR14, YR21, R20, YG67, YG63, YG61
  • Candy Bag – E33, E31, E30, wrote letters with Copic liner
  • Sherrif Costume – E89, E87, E84, E81, W5, W3, W1, Silver gel pen
  • Pirate Costume – R39, R37, R35, R32
  • Witch Costume – V17, V15, V12, YR07, YR04, Silver gel pen

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I think these look like a fun group to go trick-or-treating with, don’t you?! 🙂

I hope  you’ve enjoyed my fun Halloween card today and were inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and have a look at the inspiration and come play along with us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products I’ve used on my card today with affliate links:

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Add a Quote For Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s Thursday and time again for a new challenge over at the Cute Card Thursday Blog!  The theme for this week’s challenge is to “Add a Quote” to your project!  I happen to love quotes and find them very inspirational to help lift my spirits and I think it’s a wonderful type of card to send to someone who might need a little lift.  So here’s the card I created for the challenge:

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There’s always something magical about a night sky especially with some soft glowing lights hanging up in your backyard!  I have used some Brutus Monroe products to create the look on this card.

Starting with the background, I took some Aqua Pigment paper and the amazing Night Shift Aqua Pigments along with some sprayed water and some BM Zsushing Sheets (a ‘technical term’ used by the owner!) to move around the watercolor and mix them together to create the “night” look I wanted for the background.  I then took some circle stencils that I made myself with some circle dies and the BM Alabaster Ink with a sponge to create the “bokeh effect” over the background in the upper portion of the design.  Then I white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP using an image from the BM String Lights stamp set.  I also heat set the quote at the bottom from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.  I also added some “splatter” at the top of the card with some watered down BM Pearl Aqua Pigment and a brush.  I also colored in some of the open stars with it. I’ve used some BM Brown Aqua Pigment to color in the branch too.  I used some yellow chalk to make the “lights” around the branch glow and then covered them some glitter.  Then I took some TINY star confetti and glued them around the branch area for more sparkle.

It’s hard to photograph all of that shimmer from the Night Shift Aqua Pigments and sparkle that’s all over this card, so I thought I would share it in motion:

 

As Christopher would say “Shinning Shimmery Splendid”!!  I want to keep replaying so that I can see that shimmer in the background!  I see purples too!

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Here’s a closer look at the quote I’ve used in case you couldn’t read it.  It’s white heat embossed with the BM Alabaster EP from the BM Conservatory of Quotes stamp set.   “It is important to remember that we all have magic inside of us.” – JK Rowling  … Love that!

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You might be able to see a little bit of that shimmer on the background here if you look at the left lower portion of the card.

Please be sure to join in the fun with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I appreciate you stopping in!  Please join me again on Saturday as I will have a popular requested video tutorial for you!  Make sure to subscribe to my channel and hit that bell notification so you see when I post a new video!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  CCEE Stampers – Embossing wet/dry CCEE1932
  2. Crazy 4 Challenges – C4C497 Inspiration from a Book (Harry Potter)
  3. Allsorts – Sun, Moon and/or Stars OR something for Baby (stars)
  4. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes

Cute Card Thursday is Going in Circles!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!  Today is Thursday and it’s time to start a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we are looking for your “Circles” on  your creations!  So here’s what I’ve made for the challenge:

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We are being sponsored by All Dressed Up Stamps and I’ve used this adorable “Girl On a Bike” image for my card.

I’ve colored her up and cut her out with a circle die that I commonly reach for which is the Hero Arts Infinity Circle dies and then I cut out a black cardstock circle to layer behind her as well as the sentiment circle.  I happen to find some papers that, for me, mimicked the bike wheels, so I cut that out in a circle as well for the design.  For each circle, I took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with the same ink color that I’ve used for the cloud background.

Now that I had all the circles cut out for my design, I used a cloud stencil to ink up background which I cut out with a stitched rectangle die along with the pattern paper circle and then wrapped some black ribbon around it before attaching it to a black cardstock layer that was then mounted over a white A2 sized card base.

I added the circle image and cut off the right edge that was sticking out along the side.  I took the sentiment circle and popped it up over the design with a foam circle and then I added some clear sparkling sequins in various places.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve got her colored up with Copic markers.  I used a white gel pen for the flowers in her hair along with a gold gel pen for the centers of each of the flowers and her shoes and shirt waist band.  I’ve used a silver gel pen for the bike wheels, petals and end handles.

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I hope that you enjoyed my card today and inspired you to pull out some circles to play along with us this week!  Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!  CLICK HERE to go to the Cute Card Thursday challenge to enter!

Thanks so much for dropping in today!  I appreciate each and every single comment and I look forward to sharing more with you soon!

I’d like to enter the following challenges:

  1.  All Dressed Up Stamps – July Challenge
  2. Just Us Girls – SummerScreen Shot 2019-04-17 at 6.52.54 PM
  3. Crafty Calendar – August Anything Goes
  4. Always Fun – Use Stencils
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP1931 Anything Goes
  6. Get Creative – Anything Goes/no twist
  7. Papercraft – Summer Fun
  8. Papercraft Business – August Anything Goes with optional use a circle

Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!

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Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.

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Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.

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Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

Click on the numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.

  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.

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Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers

 

 

It’s CAS at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far!!  I had forgotten to give updates on the “bird nest” situation, but actually the last time we had checked, the baby bird hopped onto the roof next door and the mother bird was chirping at us and then the baby took off and flew away!  We never were able to get any more photos.  I think there was just that one baby bird that survived.  Now we have the empty nest in the tree.  We think another bird may be trying to build on it, but we don’t see anything.

Today is Thursday which means it’s time for a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge!!  The theme for this week is CAS (clean & simple)  Our sponsor is All Dressed Up, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s my take on the challenge:

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I have used this really cute image kindly donated by our sponsor called Dreaming of Summer.  I love the “dreamy” pose she has!  I thought she would look so cute proped up over a fence, so I made one for her!

**Sometimes, CAS puzzles me as to the “definition” of what it TRULY is.  To me, it is a bit different to some than others.  I feel it to be more like an “art term” where everything is subjective in it’s form and if I have to think about it TOO much, I’m not being “me” and having my fun with it…so I just create weather it is considered simple or not.  🙂  For me, this seemed like a CAS design.**

First, I colored up the image and then stenciled on some clouds behind her.  I took a craft knife and cut out just the bottoms of her elbows.  I stamped another panel with a woodgrain stamp in gray colored ink and then used a punch with a sharp point to create the “planks” for the fence.  I sponged around the edges with more gray ink and then I tucked the fence panel underneath her elbows and attached it to the image panel.  I cut out these pieces with a stitched rectangle die and layered that onto a piece of black cardstock that was layered over an A2 top folding white card base.  Lastly, I added the die cut “hello” with black cardstock in the corner.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this image.  I’ve colored her in with Copic markers and then for the tiny butterflies, bees and flowers around her, I’ve used some metallic gel pens to color them with.  You can see the shimmer on them.

I’ve also taken some liquid pearls to place some dots around her as well.  I thought it made her look a bit more whimsical.

You can also see where her elbows are lifted up over the fence panel too.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my creation today and I hope you will stop on over at the Cute Card Thursday blog and see the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us!!  We look forward to see what you come up with!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!  See you soon!!

Challenges for this card:

  1.  All Dressed Up Challenge – Anything Goes + ADU imageCrafty
  2. Craft Rocket – Summer is Coming
  3. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG Badge
  4. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Creations – #392 Anything Goes

Anything Goes at Cute Card Thursday With Curly

Hello friends!  I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far!!  It’s really starting to feel like Summer now with the warmer temps!

Today is a new challenge this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  This week we have our “Anything Goes” challenge with our sponsor Whimsy Stamps!  So of course I am using a cute image from Whimsy Stamps for my card today:

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Tee hee!  This little guy holding the tiny “sea creature” makes me smile and giggle!  I’m not really sure what reaction he has about it!  His name is just as cute too!  This is Curly from Whimsy Stamps.  I thought he needed a scene, so I made one for him.

I started with some Bristol Smooth watercolor paper and masked off the line between the sky and the sand.  I used my Distress Inks to blend in the colors.  After doing the sky, I thought that it was a bit too dark, so what I did was take a baby wipe and swiped it across which lightened up the colors the way I wanted them for the sky.  The bottom “sand” portion was also masked and I blended the bottom blue color into the sandy colors which created a nice shore line.  I then took a water bottle and spritzed some water droplets over it to create “texture” for the sand.  I also took some Copic markers to create more texture with the pointilism technique, plus added some white ones with a gel pen.  the water at the bottom was covered with a glitter pen.  (You can see better details in the photos/description below.)

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So I’ve got him all colored up in the following Copic markers: (CLICK HERE to see all in the Whimsy Stamps store or click underlined color below.)

  • Flippers/water gear – B32, B34, B37, Y11
  • Swim Trunks – R32, R35, R37, Y11, Y15
  • Sea Creature – BV23, BV29
  • Hair – E41, E43, E44, E47
  • Skin – E000, E00, E02, E11, E21, R20
  • I used gel pens to color lines on trunks and cheeks, I’ve used a glitter pen over the “sea creature” and his flippers along with the bottom water area.

I fussy cut this image and used some liquid glue to attach over my scene.

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For the scene, I stamped the birds in the sky and a star fish image from an older Whimsy Stamps clear stamp set. I then took the sentiment from the WS Everyday Mini Sentiments and white heat embossed it over a black strip of cardstock and then used my scissors to cut out a banner to attach over the scene.  I layered this over another piece of black cardstock that was attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base.

Lastly, I’ve taken some WS It’s a Party enamel dots and added them to the card.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday Challenge and play along with us, plus you get a chance at winning something from our sponsor too!  Thanks for stopping in!  I’ll be seeing you tomorrow for some fun news!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products used on my card today:

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Challenges for this card:

  1.  A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Friends – Men/Boys
  3. Sweet Stampin’ – World Ocean’s Day/Anything Goes
  4. Use Your Stuff – Summer Fun
  5. Always Fun – Summer Fun
  6. Unicorn – For the Men/Boys

 

 

It’s Masculine at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far!   I’m ready for this rain to end over my way and would love to send it along to those that need it!  June is a hop-jump and a skip away, so I’m hoping that Summer will dry things up.

Speaking of June, Father’s Day will be coming up shortly for us here in the U.S. so the new challenge at Cute Card Thursday is a very timely one to have!  We’d like to see your “Masculine” creations this week!  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

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LOL!!  Our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!  I have used this hilarious image called Gus Tidbits Unconsciousness.   He’s a really good one to use for not only masculine, but humorous creations too!

For the card, I’ve printed out both the image and sentiment together and then cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die and then layered a piece of Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede behind it.  Before attaching these pieces together, I’ve sponged some ink around the edges of it.

The checkered paper that I’ve used on my design came from a My Favorite Things paper pad collection.  I die cut a piece to layer over a top folding A2 sized white card base with another stitched rectangle die and then placed the image panel over top it on the card.

I also cut out a banner with the same papers and added it to the upper right image panel and then added on a chipboard clock button from my stash with some twine ribbon tied around it and placed it over the banner with some foam tape.  I’ve added a wooden button in the center of the bow.

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Here’s a better look at the coloring on Gus.  You can see on his eye glasses where I’ve added some glossy accents.  It was a really fun and simple card to create!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine creation today!  Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday blog to find inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this week!  Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

*P.S.  Here is another update on the bird nest…we have a baby!!

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If you remember, there were 3 blue eggs in the nest.  We can’t tell for sure, but it looks like just one baby bird in there.  As you can see, there is one egg in there.  We see what looks like a crack on it, but it hasn’t hatched and we’re not sure it will.  We have no idea where the other egg/bird went to!  There is nothing on the ground.  With all of these severe thunderstorms and rain, I can imagine they’re having a hard time out there.  It shouldn’t be too much longer that this little guy will be taking flight!  So we’ll see if we can keep track of what’s going on from here! 🙂

Challenges I’d like to enter my card for:

  1.  TGIF – #TGIFC213 All About That Gingham213
  2. Papercraft – For Men & Boys
  3. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC223 Anything GoesWWC223 - Anything Goes Challenge
  4. Simons Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes